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Category Archives: Immigration

Family-Based Immigration: What is Voluntary Departure?

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Voluntary departure refers to the departure of an immigrant from the United States without an order of removal. The departure may or may not be preceded by a hearing before an immigration judge. When an immigrant is allowed to depart from the country voluntarily, they concede removability, but they …

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In the News: Are Eligible Young Immigrants Being Denied Asylum Due to Age?

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In the News: Recent reports indicate that the current administration has been rejecting lawful residence status applications; a startling number of immigrant youth are receiving denials. Many of the immigrant youth denied entry left their countries to escape abusive situations. Why are the status applications being denied? The  U.S. government denied the applications based on the belief that …

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Family-Based Immigration: Options When Adjustment of Status is Denied

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Did you fill out Form I-485 to apply for a green card within the United States, to request an adjustment of status? If you are an immigrant to the United States of America and the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) denies your adjustment of status application (to Permanent Resident), you still have options.

Attempt to Avoid a Denial:

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Family Based Immigration: How Does a US Citizen Sponsor a Relative?

Citizens of the United States or permanent residents (green card holders) who have family members that live outside of the United States can file petitions to assist them in immigrating. The U.S. policy goal of family reunification supports the process.

For those wishing to sponsor a relative who does not already live in the United States, the process starts with a green card. The application …

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